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Queens of Czechia: Vesna want the crown

03 May 2023 at 15:36 CEST
Vesna from Czechia in the Eurovision 2023 studio Corinne Cumming / EBU
All-female band Vesna are hoping to ascend to the Eurovision 2023 throne on behalf of Czechia. The singers will be putting on a right royal performance with their song ‘My Sister’s Crown.’ They might be queens, but they are not your dolls.
Vesna rehearsing My Sister’s Crown for Czechia at the First Rehearsal of the First Semi-Final at Liverpool Arena Sarah Louise Bennett / EBU

Before Vesna could secure their place at Eurovision, they had a nerve-wracking task. They took to the stage at the Czech national final, ESCZ, with the winner chosen by both Czech and international audiences. Vesna won hands down, with more than double the number of votes of the act in second place. That’s what you call snatching a crown.

Just like their unique sound, Vesna’s first rehearsal on Monday 1 May was vibrant. The 6-piece group served up commandeering vocals, while wearing light-pink outfits, all matching. We were treated to dances of sisterly solidarity, and a unique take on the age-old art of hair-ography. Vesna’s crown, don’t even dare take it down.

Czechia's Vesna get ready for their first rehearsal
Vesna rehearsing My Sister’s Crown for Czechia at the First Rehearsal of the First Semi-Final at Liverpool Arena
Chloe Hashemi / EBU

On site at Vesna’s first rehearsal, the official Eurovision Live Blog noted: "The six members of the band perform a super-polished dance routine, and the whole three minutes feels really cohesive and well put together, with bags of female empowerment energy. Choose love over power, people."

A fan once gifted the band a clay bust of their namesake Vesna, the Slavic Goddess of spring. Much like their name, mythology and folklore are a big part of their character. One of their songs, Na Dračích Perutích translates to On The Wings Of A Dragon and they brought a fairytale-like atmosphere to a concert they performed with the Prague Symphony Orchestra. Look out for a sprinkling of magic in their Eurovision 2023 performance.

Vesna have been a support act for Norwegian singer Aurora, so it’s only right that she should feature heavily in their playlist of top tunes. They’re a big fan of her ethereal-pop sounds in Queendom and The Seed, but they also love Florence and the Machine’s Dog Days Are Over and Dolly Parton’s Jolene. And for good measure, because it should probably feature on every playlist, Beyoncé’s Crazy In Love.

Vesna settled down with the Official Eurovision Song Contest Podcast to talk about all things music. They said: “We’ve been together for 6 years and some of the girls come from different countries - apart from representing the countries, we also feel we represent the women that can do what they love in a feminine way.” They’re certainly living up to their lyrics, and dishing out crowns to all their sisters out there.

“Mostly we feel a lot of support from people, but of course there are still moments when we’re like, “‘Wow! Is this really happening?’” Yes Vesna, it most certainly is!

There’s more from Vesna on Episode 13 of the Official Eurovision Song Contest Podcast.

You can learn more about Vesna from Czechia right here.

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The Eurovision Song Contest will take place in Malmö, Sweden on Tuesday 7 May (First Semi-Final), Thursday 9 May (Second Semi-Final) and Saturday 11 May (Grand Final) 2024.

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